Hormone balancing is a term used to describe the process of restoring equilibrium between hormones in the body. This can be done through various means, such as by following a healthy diet or altering one’s lifestyle, taking prescribed medications, or undergoing hormone therapy.
Hormones are important for the body because they control different functions, like the menstrual cycle in women, the reproductive system, immune system, and metabolic system. They can also affect how well the brain heals after an injury. Our hormones play an integral part in determining our overall health. Maintaining optimal body function and healthy aging requires proper hormone balance.
From infancy to late adulthood, our endocrine glands are in charge of secreting hormones that play key roles in supporting proper growth and development, a healthy metabolism, cellular regeneration, promoting rest and sleep, and creating a balanced internal system which allows the body to heal.
Some of the hormones that may become unbalanced are:
- Progesterone — related to the female reproductive system
- Melatonin — responsible for internal circadian rhythms and sleep
- Thyroid hormones — metabolism control
- Testosterone — male sex hormone, also present in women
- Estrogen — female reproductive hormone, also present in men
- DHEA — a hormone responsible for production of other hormones, like testosterone, estrogen and progesterone
How Can Hormone Imbalances Affect Me?
Hormone balance can be altered by the complexities of our lives, our fast pace of living, the consumption of processed foods, stress, aging, and an increase in environmental toxins. All of these stressors in both women and men can accelerate the aging process, create illness, and impact quality of life.
Hormonal imbalances commonly lead to weight gain, loss of muscle tone, fatigue, lack of motivation, depression, anxiety, immune system dysfunction, sleep changes, night sweats, bone loss, heart disease, hair loss, low libido, irregular periods, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and memory problems.
Hormone Balancing Services
In order to help patients rebalance their hormones, our doctors provide clinical analysis and hormone testing to assess hormone levels in both women and men. When assessing endocrine health, all hormones are assessed, including adrenal glands, thyroid, and male/female sex hormones. Additionally, we measure hormone detox pathways to assess how the body breaks down and clears out hormones naturally.
Our hormone testing involves testing of common hormones like:
- Testosterone Free and Total
- FSH, LH
- Thyroid and Hashimoto’s
- Insulin, Leptin
- Human Growth Hormone
- Cortisol levels
Once our doctors have performed a thorough assessment of a patient’s hormone levels, we develop an individualized treatment plan to return the patient to hormonal balance.
Our individualized treatment plans may incorporate:
- Dietary Changes
Each person’s hormone balancing needs will be different, which is why our team of specialists will take a detailed history and perform a variety of blood tests to determine the best course of treatment. Some common interventions include dietary changes, exercise, stress reduction techniques, and herbal supplements.
- Herbal, Homeopathic, and Nutritional Supplementation
Herbal, homeopathic, and nutritional supplements can help to support hormone balance. Some examples of supplements that may be recommended for hormone balancing include:
- Herbal supplements that contain herbs that have been traditionally used for hormone balancing, like ashwagandha, licorice, dandelion, and ginger
- Homeopathic supplements that contain tiny doses of natural substances that have been shown to support hormone balance, like juniper berry, liquorice root, and raspberry leaf
- Nutritional supplements that contain nutrients that can help to support hormone balance
- Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy
Natural hormone replacement therapy (NHRT) can help to support hormone balance. NHRT includes taking hormones that are naturally produced by the body, like testosterone, estradiol, or progesterone. NHRT can be used in combination with other interventions, like dietary changes and exercise, to help support hormone balance.
- Hormone Pellet Implant Therapy
Hormone pellet implant therapy (HPIT) is a treatment option that can help to support hormone balance. HPIT is a surgery that involves placing small hormone pellets inside the body. These pellets release hormones over a period of time, which can help to support hormone balance. HPIT is typically used in combination with other interventions, like dietary changes and exercise, to help support hormone balance.
If you think you might benefit from natural hormone balancing and want to learn more, contact us!
What to Expect
If natural hormone replacement therapy is needed, safety markers are assessed prior to initiating any hormone therapy.
When administering hormone replacement therapy, our doctors recommend and commonly use pellet implants. Pellet implant therapy is a safe and highly effective way to balance testosterone levels in both men and women in order to restore overall hormonal balance.
Natural hormone replacement therapy (commonly known as Bio-HRT) has many delivery methods, including oral, sublingual, transdermal, and through pellet implants. Treatments are individualized to match each patient’s needs.